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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Coua Cristata
HOUSE NAME: "Kevin"
HABITAT: Forests, savannas, and brush areas of Madagascar
CONSERVATION STATUS: Least Concern
FUN FACT: Crested Coua chicks make the feeding job a little easier for their parents: There are two bright red and white markings on the inside of the chick's mouth that look just like bull's-eyes. These markings show the parents where to put the food
DIET: Their diet consists mainly of various insects, fruits, berries, seeds, small reptiles and snails.
FUN FACT: The Crested Coua is a medium-sized bird measuring approximately 18 to 24 inches in length. Their plumage is a greenish-grey with a grey crest. Like all other couas, they have blue bare skin patches around their eyes. The chest is rufous-colored (reddish-brown), the abdomen is white, and the long purplish-blue tail feathers are tipped with white. They have brown eyes and black legs and bill. Since they are not strong fliers you will not see these birds flying long distances. They mainly utilize their wings to fly from the ground into the trees. As they walk along tree limbs, these agile walking birds use their long tail for balance. Their third toe can be reversed to point backward, giving them a good grip on a branch, making it nearly impossible for them to be knocked off.
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